Current tools that design occupant crash protection are primarily intended for the upright seating positions prevalent in today’s vehicles. Automated vehicles may introduce more reclined seating postures and thus, different crash safety risks to occupants. This study seeks to increase the understanding of human response to crash forces, particularly passengers in reclined seating.
What new human responses to vehicle crash forces are brought on by reclined postures, and what simulations should be developed now in order to inform future safety systems?
Research on injury models for automated driving scenarios is ongoing. We anticipate these results of this project:
This project is in collaboration with the University of Virginia Center of Applied Biomechanics.